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Local Holiday Events and Activities for The Whole Family

Check out what’s returning (and new) to the area this holiday season!

The holiday season is one that Fargoans look forward to year after year. As the Christmas lights illuminate the sky, they put a flicker of joy in each of us for the shining moments of our brisk winters. This season, West Acres is hosting a wide range of fun events and activities for the whole family that you sure won’t want to miss out on. Plus, check out a few other holiday-themed events happening around town in December!

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Every Saturday from November 26-December 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Buffalo Court

Celebrate the season with live performances, local sips, and delicious treats every Saturday in the Buffalo Court (next to Francesca’s).

Vendors include:
4e Winery
BoomBoom Kombucha
Dakota Vines Winery
Drekker Brewing Company
Fargo Brewing Company
Flannel Fizz
Jen’s Bakery
Juice Box
Prairie Rose Meadery
Elu Dessert Kitchen
Windsor Waffle

Performers include:
Nattie Jean
Kwaician Taylor
Blue Red Roses
Twelve Strings
Jake Ingamar
Annabelle Maher
and more!

View the vendor and performer lineup for each week at

Free Holiday Photos

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Photos courtesy of West Acres

Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fountain Court

Gather the family in the Fountain Court to get a free photo opportunity with Elisabeth Eden Photography!

Stories with Santa

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Photo courtesy of M. SCHLEIF PHOTOGRAPHY.

Wednesday, December 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Aquarium Court Wednesday, December 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Aquarium Court Santa will be reading stories for all the children in Aquarium Court! Stay after storytime to enjoy a donut decorating station.

West Acres Holiday Performances

November 28-December 16 in Fountain Court.

Enjoy performances by local musicians throughout the entire holiday season!

The full holiday performance schedule can be found at starting November 11.

Magical Moments @ The Mall
Witness the magic around every turn with exciting and festive displays and activations around West Acres. From lights galore to SNOW in center court, West Acres can’t wait to celebrate the season with you!

Holiday Gift Wrapping
Gift wrapping services will be available the entire holiday season! Visit the gift wrap station near the food court to get your shopping and wrapping done in one stop.

Crave Igloo Dining Experience

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November 15-December 24 Reservations are now open! Experience a festive dining experience inside holiday-themed igloos at Crave. Each igloo holds 6 people.

Make your igloo reservation by calling Crave at 701-809-9020. There is a $150 deposit, as a food and beverage minimum is due at booking.

Check out these other can’t-miss Holiday Events!

Light Up The Night: Holiday Tree Lighting
When: Thursday, December 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: POW/MIA Plaza 400 Sheyenne St West Fargo, ND 58078
Get ready to “Light Up The Night” with the annual holiday tree lighting at the POW/MIA Plaza! During the event, attendees can expect plenty of crafts, carolers and hot cocoa! If you’re looking to do good for the community during this giving season, don’t miss out on the opportunity to donate clothes to the Golden Drive Homeless Kids at the event!

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Xcel Holiday Lights Parade & Winterfest
When: Saturday, December 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fargo Ready for the holidays?
Come downtown and kick off the annual festivities at the Xcel Holiday Lights Parade! With floats, horses and hundreds of participants, what’s not to love about the beginning of the holiday season?

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MSUM Planetarium ‘Season of Light’
When: Saturday, December 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: MSUM Planetarium 700 11th Street South Moorhead, MN 56560
Get in the holiday spirit with the MSUM Planetarium! “Season of Light” traces the history of many of the world’s December holiday customs, recounting the historical, religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions.

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FMBallet presents The Classic Nutcracker
December 16 & 17 at 7:00 p.m. December 17 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: NDSU Festival Concert Hall, Reineke Fine Arts Center 1511 12th Ave N Fargo, ND 58105

Come celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the FMBallet as FMBallet brings “The Classic Nutcracker” to life on the NDSU Festival Concert Hall stage. With new costumes, characters, set designs and more, this is a one-holiday tradition you don’t want to miss!

Written by Grant Ayers

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